Minoli was founded in the 1940’s by Luigi Minoli, working with Marble and Terrazzo initially in London where the Minoli family was based and then moving to Oxford.
Minoli opened a purpose built factory facility in the very early 1960’s in Cowley Oxford. This factory produced terrazzo tiles and was the operational base for the company’s installation division then thriving, working on colleges, car showrooms, hospitals and domestic projects.
In the early 1960’s Luigi’s son Peter came to realise the potential not only for the Terrazzo tiles made on site but also for Mosaics and “normal” tiles. Whilst maintaining the Terrazzo business at its core, Peter Minoli worked to develop a business wholesaling tiles to local merchants, often delivering in the evenings, or whilst working with Terrazzo in the area.
Peter’s vision for tiles proved to be well founded and the tile side of the business very quickly took over completely from the Terrazzo production. Using contacts in Europe, predominately Italy, Peter built up a strong supply network from the newly emerging tile manufacturing companies, and many of the world’s leading tile manufacturers can trace Minoli to being virtually their first export client. Some of these relationships remain in place to this day.
By the time Peter’s son, Jonathon was born in 1968, the company was very nearly 100% tile, with a fast growing network of clients including tile studios, kitchen and bathroom showrooms, house builders & developers and car dealerships, who had moved from Terrazzo to Tile showrooms and workshops. Minoli had now built a second building on the site and continued to expand its staff and fleet of delivery trucks.
Peter built the company up over many years, making Minoli one of the founding companies within a fast growing industry of tile distribution. Minoli became renowned for high quality tile, mosaic and stone, competitive pricing and service that was simply second to none.
Unfortunately in 1994 Peter died aged just 55, leaving the company in a very strong position but without the founding force that had built up client base and supply chain. Peter’s wife Kate and his children who were all very much involved with the business took up the running of the company and decided to invest in new stock, showrooms and warehousing not only to help take the company forward but also to mark Peters passing with something solid. To this day a plaque in the reception subtly reminds visitors of Peter and his tremendous contribution to creating the company it is today.
During the 1990’s and well in to the new millennium Minoli has continued to expand , but very much organically with the completion of the new warehouse and showroom facility in the Autumn of 1996 and then a further much larger development in 2002 and 2003, creating far more storage, marketing and administration space. All purpose built, with showrooms designed and built by Carmalasa, Minoli has one of the finest and most professional tile supply facilities in the United Kingdom.
Now in the last few years, Minoli have continued to grow, still concentrating on the core values set by Peter, service and stock availability. With the client base now including many multinational corporations , household names , regional house builders and many many independent retailers, and motor manufacturers.
Successfully trading for over fifty years, Minoli is still family run, with Jonathon Minoli as Managing Director, assisted by a team of experienced and professional people, many of whom have now worked with three generations of the family, Luigi Minoli, Peter & Kate Minoli and now Jonathon.
Minoli, Minoli & Company Limited registered in the England in 1960, also Known as Minoli Tiles.